Meeting Estranged Former Friends
Webcast Q&A: 7 August 2011, Question 4
I answered a question on meeting estranged former friends on 7 August 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What should you do when you meet someone who treated you badly in the past? Recently, I ran into a person at an event who I used to know as a fellow member of a local discussion group. When he left the group about a year ago, he posted a long rambling e-mail to our mailing list condemning us for all kinds of imaginary sins. The letter was unfair and rude – not to mention wholly unnecessary. I avoided talking to him when I saw him recently, but I wish I'd said something pointed to him. What, if anything, should I have said?
My Answer, In Brief: In general, you should avoid the person as much as possible, but if you must speak, be chilly and cool.
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